Staff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. While there are a number of amazing jazz musicians to honor during this month, it seems fitting this year to celebrate Newport New native and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. This year would have been her 100th birthday.
"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand." — Ella Fitzgerald
Born in Newport News on April 25, 1917, Ella soon migrated to Yonkers, New York, with her mother Tempie. They later moved in with Tempie’s then-boyfriend, Joe, and a baby, Frances, was born.